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NY Mets: 4 internal Michael Conforto replacements for 2022

Jun 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 19: Kevin Pillar #11 of the New York Mets hits a home run in the eleventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 19, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

A combination of Khalil Lee and Kevin Pillar is a cost-effective option

I’m sure Steve Cohen looks to save money sometimes. If Warren Buffet can eat at Mcdonald’s, Cohen can go cheap in right field to start one season.

Khalil Lee may have struggled during his time with the Mets earlier this season. Still a top prospect in the system, a strong finish to 2021, an even better spring, and maybe a lack of options for the Mets could lead him to becoming a candidate for right field next season.

In addition to lee, I want to lump Kevin Pillar in there. Pillar’s contract includes a player and a team option for 2022. I think he’ll be back one way or another. Significant time in right field could be the way the Mets use him.

Something to consider with this option: why wouldn’t the Mets just move Nimmo to right field? Furthermore, would they really not find an outfield bat to replace Conforto?

If the Mets were to head into 2022 with Lee and/or Pillar as the projected starter in right field, the straits have gotten very dire.

I think the Mets will 100% add an outfield bat this winter if Conforto leaves. It might not be a right fielder, though. Their best option probably would be to find a gifted center fielder and allow Nimmo to move to right field. The potential presence of a DH could even open the door to Dominic Smith playing first base, Pete Alonso becoming the regular designated hitter, and an additional left fielder with pop joining the ball club.

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